Beatles’ ‘Revolver’: 15 Things You Didn’t Know

Beatles’ ‘Revolver’ 15 Things You Didn’t Know

11. The “Taxman” count-in was recorded a month after the actual song.

There are some strange metrics all over the Revolver sessions. Harrison’s “Taxman” was begun on April 20th, with the first four takes being recorded, but not one of them would feature the famous “One, two, three, four” count-in that begins the album. That numerical start to “Taxman” was an instance of studio re-jiggering, Harrison providing his dry-witted intro on May 16th. It’s actually McCartney, off-mic, who counts in the song.
12. A four-necked sweater was partially responsible for the album’s distinctive drum sound.
Numbering among Revolver’s indelible trademark sounds were those emanating from drummer Ringo Starr’s kit. Despite having to busy himself killing time while Lennon and McCartney worked out their various songsmithing ideas, Starr was always ready to be pressed into service and deploy his matchless compositional approach to the drums.
He also had a helper of sorts. “I moved the bass drum microphone much closer to the drum than had been done before,” engineer Emerick said. “There’s an early picture of the Beatles wearing a woolen jumper with four necks. I stuffed that inside the drum to deaden the sound. Then we put the sound through Fairchild 600 valve limiters and compressors.” Enter, then, the signature drum sound of the Revolver era.


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